by Lady Michelle-Jennifer Santos, Chief Visionary Founder & Owner
June 21, 2013 (TSR) – Palestinian authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah has withdrawn his offer to quit a day after he presented it to President Mahmoud Abbas.
“Hamdallah met Abbas for two hours in the president’s headquarters in Ramallah and informed him he had decided to withdraw his resignation,” an official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Prime Minister Dr. Rami Al-Hamdallah submitted his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, less than a month after he was appointed.
A source close to Hamdallah who confirmed that Al-Hamdallah submitted his letter of resignation to Hussein al- A’raj, director of the PA president’s bureau, said that the reason for his resignation was due to a power struggle between Al-Hamdallah and his two deputies – Muhammad Mustafa and Ziad Abu Amr – who were appointed by Abbas, PNN reported.
After submitting his resignation Al-Hamdallah left his office in Ramallah and drove in his private car to his home in the village of Anabta, east of Tulkarm.
Senior PA officials headed on Thursday evening, from Ramallah to Al-Hamdallah’s home to persuade him to withdraw his resignation.
Rami Hamdallah, a former President and a linguistics professor of An-Najah University in Nablus, was appointed on June 2. He took office on June 6 after being picked by acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas to replace internationally known Salam Fayyad.
Abbas gave Hamdallah two deputies, one for political and one for economic affairs, apparently to make up for his political inexperience.